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SNAP Challenge for Hunger Action Awareness Month

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THE STORY:

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers nutrition assistance to low-income individuals and families in the form of monthly food cost assistance. With the rising cost of food and economic struggle, these benefits are sometimes a family's only access to food. California's version of SNAP is called CalFresh, and aims to promote and safeguard the health and well-being of low-income households by raising their levels of nutrition and increasing their food purchasing power. Individuals must meet certain income-based criterias to qualify for the program, and funds are issues monthly in the form of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT). Once received, funds can be used to purchase domestic/international foods, garden seeds, edible plants, and select generas of individuals (homeless, elderly, disabled) may purchase prepared meals at USDA Food and Nutrition Service authorized restaurants. 

In San Diego County, an area affected by inflated living costs, individuals who make less than $1946 a month may qualify for ~$189 a month in CalFresh Benefits, averaging $6.30 per day. Between 2011-2013, only 42% of the households living below poverty level in San Diego County were receiving SNAP/CalFresh benefits. Of those households receiving SNAP/CalFresh benefits, 55.7% were with children below the age of 18 and 34.2% included people aged 60 years and over. 

More info on CalFresh in San Diego County can be found at: 
http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/ssp/food_stamps/faqs.html

County statistics found at:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/ops/Trends2010-2013-Summary.pdf
http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/ops/California_52.pdf
https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2015/acs/acsbr13-08.pdf

 

Why the SNAP Challenge?

The SNAP Challenge encourages participants to experience what life is like for millions of low-income Americans living on the average daily allowance for food. The goals of this challenge are to:

  • Raise personal awareness of what it it means to live at a poverty-level income in regards to hunger.
  • Collect packaged and canned goods to donate to local shelters.
  • Increase individual involvement in local and community organizations with efforts to reduce hunger in the local community, whether through food service programs, donations, or nutritional/financial education.
  • Raise funds to support Feeding America San Diego, an organization that feeds more than 473,500 individuals annually, 70% of which have incomes below the federal poverty level.  
    • Of those individuals served, 28% are also receiving SNAP benefits.
      • Of those individuals also receiving SNAP benefits, 67% run out of benefits in the first three weeks of the month. 
    • Of those not receiving SNAP benefits, 40% have never applied.

Rules:

  • For the month of September, participants limit their food and drink budget to that of the the benefits issued in their area of residence. For San Diego County, CalFresh benefits are $189/month, so $6.30/day. 
  • ALL food purchased and eaten during the SNAP challenge must be counted in total spending, including dining out.
  • During this time, participants are not to eat any food purchased prior to the start of the challenge (including oils and spices).
  • Whenever possible, participants avoid accepting free food from family, friends and coworkers since these opportunities are not always available to those in need. 
  • Eat as healthy as possible, keeping in mind that this is how many people eat every day.

Based off of the SNAP Challenge by Foodshare. More info: 
http://site.foodshare.org/site/PageServer?pagename=programs_movement_education_snapchallenge

In addition to the SNAP challenge, we are raising money to support Feeding America. If you are feeling generous, please donate! All donations are tax deductable.

Since part of this challenge is also to be as healthy as possible, I will be donating $1 for every pound of weight lost during September.

If you would like to donate in another way, we are also collecting canned goods and pre-packaged meals. We will drop these collected goods off at local food banks on a weekly/bi-weekly basis, depending on volume collected. For those of you that don't have money or goods to give, but would instead like to give their time, we will also be organizing volunteering efforts at a local food shelter. For more information, or to join the challenge, please contact Tim or Blaire. We will most likely be choosing events from the following list:
http://feedingamericasd.volunteerhub.com/events/index

If you don't live in San Diego County and would like to volunteer at or donate to your local food bank instead, the following website can help you get started:
http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/

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